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Band of Merry Makers to Release Another Christmas Album

Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup – Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album “Welcome To Our Christmas Party” on October 23, 2015. A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold….

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15th Anniversary of Live Action Grinch Coming to Blu Ray

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to Blu-ray™ and Digital HD in a newly remastered Grinchmas Edition from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on October 13, 2015. The film marks its 15th Anniversary with improved HD picture and sound as well as extensive bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes…

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Legacy Brings Christmas Hits of the 1980s

Legacy Recordings has announced their lineup of re-releases of classic Christmas recordings including a compilation of classic hits of the 1980s titled Classic Christmas ’80s Album, an all-star anthology of seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul. The collection includes tracks from The Waitresses (“Christmas Wrapping”),…

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Racism and Christmas

Christmas has endured many controversies over the course of its history. Most usually center on religious disputes or how much Christmas imposes of itself on parts of society that do not want it. But in recent years Christmas has seemingly become embroiled in an important ongoing societal dialogue: racism. The…

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Jimmy Stewart Talks About It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life has reached such a point of saturation in American Christmas culture we can practically quote it line by line. But even still we cannot get enough of it. Even though Jimmy Stewart has been gone now for many years we can read of his memories and…

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Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix

Pentatonix is hard to miss these days. They are everywhere. But we’ve been featuring them here on MMC for some time. By popular request we post up again one of their big hits — Mary Did You Know? — from their Christmas album of 2014 titled That’s Christmas to Me:

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Walmart Launches Christmas Layaway

Walmart is getting the jump on Kmart this year by being the first major retailer to advertise their Christmas layaway. The world’s largest retailer is opening their program in conjunction with a marketing push of their new Toy Week promotion which promises to highlight as many as 500 new Star…

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A New Christmas Movie We Have Seen Before

The drought in new, original Christmas movies continues despite trailers for new release titles like Love the Coopers, which dropped today: The movie opens in theaters November 13th. The film follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the…

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Mariah Carey Turns Song into a Christmas Book

Nobody was much surprised when Mariah Carey announced she was resurrecting her Christmas hit from 1994, All I Want for Christmas is You, for this holiday season. And nobody was much surprised to hear she wanted to star and direct in a television movie based on the song either. But…

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Longfellow’s Christmas

This stirring combination of Christmas story telling, outstanding music and a true story is an unbeatable way to get in the Christmas Spirit. The late Edward Herrmann tells the tragic true tale of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the inspiration behind the classic Christmas hymn I Heard the Bells on Christmas…

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Peter Hollens Sings The Christmas Song

When Bob Wells and Mel Torme wrote The Christmas Song during the golden years of Christmas songs (1944) they had no idea they were penning a tune that would recorded by literally hundreds of artists. It is a song that, like White Christmas, gets reinterpreted almost every holiday season. In…

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The History of White Christmas

He knew the song was good. Using just 54 words and 67 notes Irving Berlin composed White Christmas over the holiday season of 1940. He liked it so much he told a secretary “I’ve just written a new song. Not only is the best song I’ve ever written, it’s the…

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Charlie Brown and Friends Get Christmas Stamp Series for 2015

The US Postal Service always provides something new each holiday season in the images it puts on seasonal stamps. This year the honor goes to Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they celebrate 50 years since the television debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The set of 10 stamps…

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Will Turkey Take This Thanksgiving Off?

No doubt you have seen the signs in the grocery stores. Eggs are as much as five dollars a dozen in some spots and turkey lunch meats are in short supply at the deli counter. As we reported last spring the poultry industry has been combating a devastating bird flu…

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